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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

3,973 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,973
Reviews: 1,603
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 183
Gots: 432 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit of hops at the beginning with bit of bitterness. Earthy. Sharp roast acidyaftertaste. Malt, bark. Full body.
What's the fuss? Did I cellar it for too long at weeks? Its 9.5% and 2003 after all, and was cellared at the store. Was actually better late that eveing when it lost a bit of carbonation.

OK beer but not a great imperial stout.
like the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2004 04:38:41 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -5%

10-07-2012 23:40:27 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 1/31/11.

Pours a midnight black with an immense 4 inch tan head. The head forms towards the middle of the glass and bubbles rush towards the surface. Nice thick globs and rings on lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malts, cocoa powder, subdued coffee, and citrus zest. Slight alcohol notes as the beer warms. Taste is of dark malts, roasted coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate, and slight soy sauce. There is a mild hop/coffee/chocolate bitterness on the palate after each sip. Low carbonation with a very thick and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer. It's nice to try the base for all the other Yeti beers in it's original form. I am glad this is available year-round where I live.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 02:00:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5%

12-06-2011 22:42:08 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very, very dark brown with a dark tan head and a decent amount of lacing.

S: Definitely some hops, which stand out right away in this style of beer. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a little bit of dark brown sugar.

T: Similar to the smell, with everything coming together a little bit more. Nicely balanced between all the flavors, and quite complex.

M: Nice and thick without being too viscous. Creamy.

D: A pretty easy stout to take down, which could be trouble given that the 9.5% is very well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 10:53:16 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Total, complete, absolute, utter black that is devoid of even a hint of lightening at the edges. The head is one of the darkest I've ever seen and has the texture, persistence and lace generation of the hoppiest IPA imaginable. I hope Great Divide isn't simply blowing smoke with their claim that this beer contains "an enormous quantity of hops". Simply put, the appearance is American double stout perfection.

The nose is impressively powerful. I'd even go so far as to call it darkly pungent. It consists of concentrated blackstrap molasses, bittersweet chocolate fudge, crushed coffee beans, scathingly citric hops and (unfortunately) alcohol. There's power to burn and any number of dark aromas to love, but I need a better job of ethanol masking to mention Yeti in the same breath as the world's best stouts.

Alcohol is also noted on the palate, although it's an integral part of the flavor profile rather than an outsider. The flavor is as big time as the appearance and the aroma suggested it would be. The thing that gives YIS its distinctive personality is sweetness and a wonderful tongue shredding hoppiness. The contrast between those two is what provides the lip smacking, gotta-gulp-it, out of this world deliciousness.

The malt structure is Titanic and oozes black maltiness from every porthole. The beer tastes like dark caramel-centered, fudge-covered, anise seed-flecked, coffee bean-studded beer candy. Given the behemoth that is malt, it's even more mind blowing that hops steal the show. This bottle is at least 6 months old, so it must have been a real humdinger when fresh. Only Bear Republic Big Bear Black gives it a run for its money in terms of hoppiness.

Not only does the sweet-bitter contrast work beautifully when it comes to the flavor profile, but it creates an interesting mouthfeel as well. The high malt sugar load results in one of the most full, sticky, lightly syrupy mouthfeels in recent memory, even as the hops cut through it like a razor-sharp stiletto. It's soothing and beautifully biting at once.

Yeti Imperial Stout is a hop lover's stout. If you have a low lupulin tolerance or believe that stouts are about malt and malt only, then give this beer a wide berth. If you like over the top beer, beer that is full to bursting with both barley malt and hop flowers, then you owe it to yourself to acquire Yeti by the case. My knees have gone weak at the thought of an oak aged version.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2005 23:20:03 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured into a snifter glass with a finger high creamy mocha head that died down yet consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface..
S: The nose is filled with aromas of roasted malts and also has notes of chocolate and cocoa powder.
T: Like the smell, flavors of roasted malts dominate the overall taste, which also has notes of chocolate, cocoa and coffee beans. The finish has a moderate amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels full-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
D: Considering its strength, the beer is quite drinkable for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 03:26:52 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a charcoal black color with the darkest head I have ever seen; decent retention and lacing

Smell: Incredibly rich charcoal roasted malt, chocolate and espresso with plenty of hops, as well

Taste: Starts out with a roasty bittersweet chocolate and coffee base that also features a graham cracker and caramel flavor; but this is just the beginning as it doesn't take long for the hops to kick in and complement the sweet flavors and bring it all home with an espresso and tobacco finish

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous, almost velvety, with moderate to low carbonation; alcoholic warmth drips down the gullet

Drinkability: What a great example of the double stout style; this one has it all, particularly on a cold winter night; I have tasted this with some age and tasted it in its youth - with the hops in here it is best consumed while fresh

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2005 00:08:09 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

11-18-2011 00:39:04 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the thickest, blackest, gooiest oil looking looking liquid I have ever had the pleasure of sipping on! Hue big creamy frothy head, colored dark brown that would not fade on me, had to stay around and hang out. Black as night with big lace, looked perfect for an Imperial Stout, had to give it a 5! Smell was complex, albeit not as strong as I would have liked, but Chocolate, caramel, and coffee all were able to come through for me. Hint of alchol, which is to be expected at over 9%abv. The taste was ...yummy! Totally coffee and chocolate duking it out to predominate this one. Alcohol definatly there s well, but not bad at all, just enough to let you know to watch out. Hint of chocolate came through as it warmed, big dry hoppy finish, very nice! This is a very thick drink, like a chocolate milkshake, very warming a it goes down, very creamy and great late at night before bed! Overall I really enjoyed this and it is a toss up between this and the oaked yeti, I love them both, but definatly distinct and I could see why they chose to experiment with it, though it can definatly hold its own with any Imperial Stout!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 12:08:04 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black stout with a medium off-white foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and vanilla is very enjoyable. Taste start with some bitterness from the roasted malt and hops but then fades away to leave a strong vanilla finish. Body is about medium full and could have been fuller and alcohol is well hidden. A bit more sweet then the oak-aged version but as enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 16:09:45 | More by Phyl21ca
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

12-15-2011 02:43:35 | More by acurtis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undoubtedly a special beer. It ranks among the best because of its controlled boldness, but not for it's complexity-- it's a straight forward brew with few dimensions, but all those dimensions are well sculpted.

With the look of a opaque black concoction that suits milky and chocolaty descriptions, the beer has a tremendous loose knit brown-tan head, retention lingers forever and laced very well. What's not to like?

Smells chocolatey with a burnt cocoa scent, sweet caramelized malts, cherry rum-like alcohols, strong bitter coffee, and highly kilned grains. Extremely powerful to the nose.

Tastes initially sweet of caramelized barley malts, cocoa, and and light licorice. Robust with espresso and roastiness. Mild berry tartness fills in the blanks. Agressive hop bittering compounds the roasted grain to create intense piney resiny flavors deep into the taste

The body is thick, creamy, chewy, and heavy on the palate. Slides down the gullet thick and creamy, chased by the coffee bittering and berry tartness. Lingers malty sweet, complexly bitter, and long. Aftertaste is roasty, coffee, and reminescent of bittering and cocoa. High levels of mainly sweet (mildly fusal) alcohols hide behind the sweet body and shows in the finish.

I am very impressed with this one although it is unneccessarily hopped for the style. There is plenty going on without it. Still, a very good straight-forward Stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2005 02:30:28 | More by BEERchitect
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -5%

01-13-2012 03:46:27 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

5/5  rDev +18.8%

12-02-2011 16:38:02 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a rich-looking, inky black body with a tall, tan-colored head.

Smell: Earthy, roasted malts with notes of espresso and rich, dark chocolate. Pine and citrus hop scents vie for attention.

Taste: Creamy, dark chocolate, anise, and dark caramel represent the sweeter side of things, while the roasted malts and resinous pine hop flavor brings the countering bitterness. Ends with a rather dry, roasty bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Concentrated, oily mouthfeel. Ample carbonation.

Drinkability: A very solid, powerfully roasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 06:29:03 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1%

04-08-2012 20:00:42 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

08-14-2013 16:14:02 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewery.

A: very dark, No light getting through. 2 finger off white head with tons of lacing.

S: peppery and smokey

T: the hops are well represented initially which fades to a smokey with sweet milk chocolate finish.

M: thick and oily. Moderate to high carbonation

Overall: incredibly drinkable for an imperial stout. Very good beer with excellent transition between flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2011 22:51:25 | More by kylehay2004
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

01-10-2013 02:26:06 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pitch black with no light shoowing thru even when held up to a strong light with a mocha colored creamy two fingered head that took its time to settle leaving a ring of lace behind.Big bitter chocolate aromas along with an underlying earthiness from a nice dose of hop thrown in obviously with a beer so dark you are also gonna get a big roasty aroma as well.What I like best about this beer is the fact its no overly sweet like a alot of Impy souts are sue u get the chocolate and roasted elemants but what a great earthy/dry fifnsh gives this beer such balance making it just so damn drinkable.Creamy mouthfeel this beer glides down easy,another gem from Great Divide their big beer kick immense ass and I will keep enjoying them.

Wow I thought this beer was categorized as a Imperial Stout but a double stout it is and rightly so,damn good.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2005 23:59:20 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 5/17/10. This is truly a wonderfully delicious drink.

Pours thick viscous black with a thick, firm and rich brown head that's lasting.

Nose is all sweet black chocolate and rich sweet roasted coffee and grain.

Mouthfeel is creamy and rich, almost like a coffee/chocolate shake for adults!

Flavors follow nose and mouthfeel with rich, bold and assertive sweet black chocolate, turkish coffee and rich roasted grains. Nice bitter espresso finish.

This stout is far better than I expected from the bottle and better than the examples I'd previously tasted. This one is worthy of a place high in the stout rankings.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 18:44:34 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one a while ago, it poured out very thick black with a dark brown head. The lacing was good here. The smell is a deep roasted chocolate malts with a rich nose of toast and coffee. The taste is rather complex going some a semi sweet to a dry burnt bitterness. The mouthfeel is thick making this one a sipper. I'd like to re-visit this one again one day. I feel it's worthy.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 16:49:38 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a plastic tumbler.

I find it odd that I've had the wood-aged varieties of this beer before the base version. Go figure. It pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of dark tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate syrup, molasses, and some light coffee. The taste brings in more of the same, though the spotlight is definitely on the roasted malts, the coffee (slightly more intense), and the (now dark) chocolate. The body is on the lighter side of heavy, with a very light moderate carbonation and a chewy feel. Overall, a very nice stout, a standout of the style, especially in terms of cost and availability.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 00:13:34 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours out a dark black color with a one finger, chocolaty-brown head. It leaves good lacing.

S - It smells strongly of malt, chocolate and caramel. The alcohol aroma is also present.

T - Tastes of toffee, chocolate and malt. The carmel flavors come through more and more as it warms.

M - It is soft and creamy, but a fairly heavy beer.

D - Unbelievable. I've never found a RIS that I didn't like but this may be the best.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2006 16:06:51 | More by zeff80
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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 3,973 ratings.